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There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Swansea by train, bus, rideshare, taxi, car or towncar

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Train  •  54 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Swansea

$24 - $45

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Rideshare  •  1 h 5 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea 42.2 miles

$5 - $7

4 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Swansea Bus Station National Express / ...

$7 - $11

Taxi  •  46 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  46 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$9 - $13

Uber  •  46 min

  1. Take an Uber from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to rideshare which costs £4 - £5 and takes 1 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to taxi which costs £110 - £140 and takes 46 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens station and arriving at Swansea Bus Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Swansea. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 54 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Swansea is 34 miles. The road distance is 42 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Swansea without a car is to train which takes 54 min and costs £18 - £35.

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The train from Cardiff Central to Swansea takes 54 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cardiff to Swansea bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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Cardiff to Swansea train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to train which takes 54 min and costs £18 - £35. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £6 - £9 and takes 1 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Swansea.
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  • Distance: 34.4 miles
  • Duration: 54 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Swansea, Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $24 - $45 and the journey takes 54 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Swansea
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$15 - $23
Advanced Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $45
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Swansea Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Uber Cardiff
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$85 - $130
UberX
$85 - $130
Exec
$110 - $160
UberXL
$120 - $180
Taxi from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Cardiff Taxis and Executive Hire
Phone
+44 29 2199 2200
Website
cardifftaxis.com
Cardiff Cabs
Phone
+44 29 2090 9090
Website
cardiffcabs.com

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Cardiff to Swansea bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Swansea Bus Station.

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Cardiff to Swansea train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Swansea station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cardiff to Swansea is 42 miles. It takes approximately 46 min to drive from Cardiff to Swansea.

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There are 387+ hotels available in Swansea. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cardiff and Swansea. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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